Steven C. Smith is the Education Specialist working with NASA’s Educator Professional Development Collaborative (EPDC) at the Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas. He is a team member on the Moon to Mars team supporting the Artemis missions taking us to the Moon in 2024 with the first woman and next man to set foot on the lunar surface. Steven is also a lead with the Commercial Crew Program Next Generation STEM theme sharing the story of transporting American astronauts from American Soil in American spacecraft.
His work supports Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs) in inspiring the next generation of NASA scientists from among historically disenfranchised groups. Steven helps to develop, package, and deliver professional development that translates the work and discoveries of NASA for use in the classroom and helps teachers make content more accessible for all their students as individuals. He works with university educators, in-service, pre-service, and informal teachers all over the country, helping them create culturally responsive lessons that will engage students that have previously felt left out of the amazing kinds of work NASA is doing.
He currently holds a Master’s Degree in Infrastructure Planning and Management from the University of Washington, and a Bachelor’s Degree in Neuropsychology from Georgia College and State University. Prior to his work with NASA, Steven worked in K-12 education for nearly 20 years, most recently as Life Sciences Chair at a minority serving inner city school in Georgia. He has taught Biology, Forensic Science, Anatomy and Physiology, Environmental Science, Earth and Space Science, and Physical science to special education, regular education, honors, and AP students in Georgia, Washington, and New Jersey.
We are privileged Steven C. Smith, NASA STEM EPDC Education Specialist, will conduct a virtual presentation for our BIS students on Thursday, June 11th at 2:35 pm about current and upcoming missions. He will also talk about their crew members and the many other career specialties it takes to make them successful.